This afternoon I caught the tram to Johnson Street, Collingwood to view an exhibition at the BlackCat Gallery.
Tessellation is a collection of 8 botanical contact print textiles, inspired by plant materials foraged from Darebin Parkland and surrounds. The parkland is a 33 hectares area of inner Melbourne bushland through which the Darebin Creek runs.
The parkland also contains the Spiritual Healing Trail - a gift from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as a gesture of reconciliation.
Near the start of the trail is a tessellated rock pavement on the creek bed - the inspiration for the name of this exhibition.
Wool, silk, cotton, botanical contact print, hand stitched and mounted on A3 and A4 100% recycled cotton rag paper.
Botanical contact printing is a technique involving plant material, heat and pressure to create a mark on a substrate, in this case natural fibre cloths. The colours are the result of the reaction between the plants, the cloth and sometimes the rust from found objects.